You can use the hours of subsidised care you’re eligible for in a number of ways.

How you can use it depends on how your child care provider charges you. Read more about how your activity level affects your hours of care.

You’ll be able to access 24 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight if all of these apply:

  • you’re eligible for Child Care Subsidy
  • your family earns $66,958 or less a year
  • you do less than 8 hours of recognised activities per fortnight.

You may be able to access up to 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight if both of these apply:

  • your child is attending an early education program
  • the program's in a Centre Based Day Care.

This only applies to the child attending the program. If you have other children, your usual Child Care Subsidy entitlement will apply.

Talk to your child care service to check if the program is an early education program under Child Care Subsidy.

Example of using subsidised hours for a child care provider charging a daily fee

Tom is eligible for 24 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight for his child, Liam. His child care provider charges a daily fee for a 12 hour session. If Tom sends Liam for 7 hours each day, his provider will still charge him for 12 hours. This means we’ll subsidise 2 days of child care per fortnight. Once he exceeds the 24 hours we won’t subsidise any extra hours.

Example of using subsidised hours for a child care provider charging an hourly fee

Trish is eligible for 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight for her child, Jack. Her child care provider charges an hourly fee. This means her provider charges her for the hours Jack is in care. If Trish sends Jack for 4 hours 1 day, she’ll still have another 20 hours she can use. She can use this across a number of days in the fortnight. Once she exceeds the 24 hours we won’t subsidise any extra hours.

Example of using subsidised hours for an early education program

Sam doesn’t meet the activity test. However, 1 of her children, Grace, goes to Centre Based Day Care 3 days a week. On 2 of the days, Grace goes to an early education program for 6 hours each day. We’ll subsidise all 12 hours of the program each week. We won’t subsidise the third day where Grace doesn’t attend the program. This is because Sam doesn’t do enough recognised activity to get Child Care Subsidy.

This information was printed Friday 24 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy/how-much-you-can-get/your-activity-level-affects-it/hours-care It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 13 March 2019